Continuing Professional Development Program
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is part of the Regulations under the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act. This mandatory program ensures the health, safety, and welfare of the public by requiring that professionals engage in lifelong learning.
CPD Program Applies To
- Professional Members
CPD Program Does Not Apply To
- Exam candidates
Submitting CPD Hours
You must claim at least 240 professional development hours over three years, with an average of 80 hours per year, in at least three of the six categories listed in the Continuing Professional Development Program guideline below. If you obtain more than 80 hours in a year, you can carry over the extra hours for the next two years. You can submit your CPD hours by logging in to the Member Self-Service Centre.
Do not submit detailed information about your CPD. However, keep this information for three years in case you are audited by APEGA's Practice Review Board. You may want to use this Detailed Activity Record (DAR) to record your information. Use your professional judgement to decide which activities are suitable for reporting.
Submit your hours to APEGA each year. You only need to submit hours you've gained in the 12 months before your annual membership renewal date. If you have questions, please email [email protected].
APEGA's professional development events are eligible for CPD hours. To view and register for a session, view the event and PD calendar.
If your annual membership renewal date is on June 1, your three-year CPD cycle is from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018. You would enter your first year of CPD hours by May 31, 2016. By May 30, 2018, you must have submitted at least 240 CPD hours.
Non-Compliance to the CPD Program
APEGA will contact you if you are non-compliant with the CPD Program. You are non-compliant if you:
- fail to report your annual summary of CPD hours in the Member Self-Service Centre by the anniversary of your membership renewal date;
- report fewer than 240 professional development hours over your three-year membership cycle or in fewer than three separate CPD categories each reporting year; or
- fail to provide a written, detailed record of your CPD activities, including supporting documentation, when requested by APEGA.
If you remain in non-compliance after the deadline date in your notification, APEGA will cancel your licence to practise. This means it will be illegal for you to independently practise engineering or geoscience in Alberta as stated in the Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act.
Reinstating Your Membership After CPD Non-Compliance
If your membership is cancelled because you did not provide written, detailed CPD records or the necessary supporting documentation by the assigned deadline, you will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement. To regain your APEGA membership, you will have to reapply for licensure through the full APEGA application process.
CPD Requirement Exceptions
If you are a Professional Member or Licensee who is not practising engineering or geoscience, you can have your CPD requirements waived for one year by completing the non-practising form.
Other Special Considerations
If you are a Professional Member who is not practising full time, you can ask to have your required number of CPD hours reduced by completing the special consideration form. If approved, this is valid for one year only. If your situation has not changed when the status expires, you must submit a new request.